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    Best place to do sprints?


    For those of you who do HIIT or any sort of sprint exercises, do you think its best to run on an outdoor trail or indoor track?

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    I prefer to do as much running outside as I can. Including sprints. It just makes me feel better that's all.
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    I don't think it really matters. Either place you sprint you will be getting a good workout. I think it depends on your preference.
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    Do all my sprint intervals outside.
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    I prefer to go outside for it...but in the winter i run in my schools indoor track
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    cushioned track, indoors or outdoors, better for the joints.
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    On the track IMO is your safest route. The surface is forgiving to your joints, and you take out the risk of tripping over rock/brush on the trails. If you're looking down at your feet when your running, checking your step, top speeds will not be achieved easily.

    If you are training for a trail race, that's different. Train like you fight - if you're not planning on racing on the dirt, then don't race on the dirt. Medium distance runs can benefit from the variety, but you want a clear path for sprint work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlanda01602 View Post
    On the track IMO is your safest route. The surface is forgiving to your joints, and you take out the risk of tripping over rock/brush on the trails. If you're looking down at your feet when your running, checking your step, top speeds will not be achieved easily.

    If you are training for a trail race, that's different. Train like you fight - if you're not planning on racing on the dirt, then don't race on the dirt. Medium distance runs can benefit from the variety, but you want a clear path for sprint work.
    Wouldn't that just exclude all the factors running outside brings; the wind resistance, the rough surface, wouldn't that make it more effective to sprint outside?
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    sprint up grassy hills, jog down, repeat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Anarchist View Post
    Wouldn't that just exclude all the factors running outside brings; the wind resistance, the rough surface, wouldn't that make it more effective to sprint outside?
    If you're training for functionality, yes.
    If you're out to train your maximal heart rate, ie HIIT, then you should cut out the unnecessary risks. Increased risks doesn't always equate to increased effectiveness.

    Again if you're training for functionality, and you want to be able to thrive in such an environment as sprinting over rough terrain, then it is absolutely what you should be training for. Otherwise, stick to the track. That is your safest route... and I'll tell ya, some of the most powerful winds I've ever experienced were at the track (wide open area, gusts come in hard and often).
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    try running on grass (football/soccer field, etc.)...slightly uneven surface works all the small stability muscles and you avoid the pounding that is associated with running on pavement
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    outside is better for the joints, i just hit the park across the street, you cant beat free and convienent
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    i sprint in a field outside of my house about 80 meters long.
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